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30+ Photos of Burning Man 2017 That Capture the Wild and Creative Festivities

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For more than 70,000 people, the end of summer means the start of Burning Man. The annual festival, which began in 1986, takes place in Black Rock City, an impressive temporary city in the Nevada desert, erected specially for the event.

As the 2017 festival winds down, photos of the spectacularly colorful event have cropped up all over Instagram. And if there's one thing we've come to expect from Burning Man, it's a healthy dose of wild costumes and incredible art installations. After last year's Da Vinci's Workshop theme, the 2017 focus is Radical Ritual. Given the festival's radical roots, it's the perfect theme to pay homage to Burning Man's past, while making way for new ideas.

“Beyond the dogmas, creeds, and metaphysical ideas of religion, there is immediate experience. It is from this primal world that living faith arises,” Burning Man's website declares. “In 2017, we will invite participants to create interactive rites, ritual processions, elaborate images, shrines, icons, temples, and visions.” And it appears that, as always, participants let their wild sides out, posing on—or in front of—the different installation that dot the desert.

We scoured Instagram to find the best photos to embody the spirit and soul of Burning Man 2017. From eccentric costumes to elaborate art, there's no doubt that, once again, Black Rock City is the place to be as August gives way to September.

More than 70,000 people gather annually in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada for Burning Man.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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